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DPS: Impairment may be factor in wrong-way crash on I-17

Crash SB I-17 and McDowell
Posted at 8:13 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 12:32:44-04

PHOENIX — The Department of Public Safety says impairment may be to blame for a wrong-way crash on Interstate 17 Wednesday night.

Emergency crews were called to the scene near I-17 and Thomas Road around 7:40 p.m.

DPS officials say the wrong-way driver, a 45-year-old man, was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-17 when he collided with a Ford pickup truck with two people inside.

Officials say the wrong-way driver suffered serious injuries in the crash. The two people in the Ford pickup both have non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment.

Arizona Department of Transportation's wrong-way detection system captured the moment the wrong-way driver entered the freeway, missing one vehicle, and then veering into oncoming traffic, colliding with another car.

ADOT system captures wrong-way driver on I-17